4 major observations from Kirk Cousins performance at Eagles in Week 2

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Disastrous night for Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins seems to have one of these games every year. An absolute stinker when people start believing he can finally leap into the top-10 category across the league.

The fact this happened on “Monday Night Football” was even worse. Cousins’ track record on such an occasion is well documented, with a 2-10 record throughout the player’s career to date.

Cousins finished the day with a 58.7 percent completion percentage for 221 passing yards, one touchdown, three interceptions, a 17.5 quarterback rating, and a 51.1 passer rating. He was sacked twice and gained 20 rushing yards from two carries.

The connection with Justin Jefferson just wasn’t there. This was thanks in no small part to the exceptional performance of cornerback Darius Slay, but there were also timing issues when the former fourth-round selection looked in the direction of Adam Thielen and Irv Smith Jr., which didn’t help either.

It didn’t look as if the Vikings were ever in this one. Philadelphia set their stall out early and overwhelmed them on both sides of the football, but Cousins must also recognize much more is needed if he wants to spearhead a postseason return in 2022.

Just a bad night at the office all around. But as is normally the case, Cousins will carry the can as the team’s quarterback and leader.